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COMPOSED DURING A STORM

          ONE who was suffering tumult in his soul,
          Yet failed to seek the sure relief of prayer,
          Went forth--his course surrendering to the care
          Of the fierce wind, while mid-day lightnings prowl
          Insidiously, untimely thunders growl;
          While trees, dim-seen, in frenzied numbers, tear
          The lingering remnant of their yellow hair,
          And shivering wolves, surprised with darkness, howl
          As if the sun were not. He raised his eye
          Soul-smitten; for, that instant, did appear                 10
          Large space ('mid dreadful clouds) of purest sky,
          An azure disc--shield of Tranquillity;
          Invisible, unlooked-for, minister
          Of providential goodness ever nigh!
                                                              1819.


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